Judit Polgar: Featured on Chess.com and ChessKid.com!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 3/17/13, 7:58 PM.


GM Judit Polgar will be featured multiple times on Chess.com and ChessKid.com during the month of March! Her contributions are being made in a partnership with Chess.com and its scholastic extension site in an effort to help Judit further her efforts for chess and education. 

The strongest female player of all time will become the newest addition to Chess.com's team of contributors this month! Judit first burst onto the chess scene at the 28th Chess Olympiad in 1988, held in Thessaloniki, Greece, when she scored 12½ out of 13, earning the Gold Medal for Board 2 and leading the Hungarian Women's Team over the Soviet Union (a major upset at the time as the Soviets had won 10 of the previous 11 Olympiads). This result catapulted her to #1 on the next FIDE Ratings List, and she has held this spot ever since.

Judit earned her GM title at the age of 15, breaking Bobby Fischer's record for being the youngest GM of all time. After that, it wasn't long before Judit joined the world's elite with wins over such players as Kasparov, Karpov, and Anand, and her sharp attacking style naturally earned her the label as one of the most dangerous attacking players in the world.


To this day, Judit remains the only female to cross the 2700 FIDE benchmark, and is nearing a record 25 straight years as the highest rated female player in the world. Recently Judit has become an accomplished author, her most recent work titled "How I beat Fischer's Record". Judit has also released her own iPhone App, "Judit Polgar's Chess Playground", designed to introduce more children to the game, and she is working hard in her efforts to organize yet another Polgar Chess Festival for the Fall of 2013 (exact dates not yet know, but here is a link to information regarding the 2012 Festival).

To come this month, Judit will be recording a series of videos for Chesskid.com, aimed at inspiring kids, parents, and coaches - with highlights from her New App! Secondly, IM Danny Rensch will be releasing full reviews of her App and book, on Chess.com (The Book) and ChessKid.com (App), to be released the week of March 25th. You can also look for more information regarding Judit's recent works in an upcoming Chess.com newsletter. 

The most exciting news of all? Everything will lead up to a live 1 hour Q & A session with IM Danny Rensch and Judit Polgar on March 31st, at 11 AM Pacific, right here on Chess.com/TV! And here's the kicker: EVERYONE can comment on *THIS* news post with questions for Judit! Please keep questions relevant to Judit's career, her training, her new book and app, and her plans for the future. Not all questions will be asked, but many from this thread will be selected by Danny to ask Judit. 

We hope you're as excited for Judit as we are, and make sure to tune in to Chess TV on March 31st!

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  • 4 years ago


    Another top talent added to chess.com's top-heavy staff!  Cool!

  • 4 years ago


    Would you like to teach me?

  • 4 years ago


    What did you do to make yourself turn from a 2000 rated player to a master level player? Thank you Polgar.

  • 4 years ago


    When did you start finding a love for the game, and how have you been able to keep this love going for so long?

  • 4 years ago


    Isn't judit still the number 1 women's player?

  • 4 years ago


    Question: Do you play as a tactics chess player or as a positional chess player while playing tournaments?

  • 4 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    What was your training plan/schedule at the age of 4?  At 8?  At 12?  [I recall reading Judit having a 2565 FIDE after her first FIDE tournament at 12.]

    How did/do you make chess training fun, for beginners/kids, for the average tournament player [ELO 14-1800], and for the advanced player [ELO 2000+]?  Please give specific exercises or methods or resources.  Thanks :-). 

    How did/do you master theory: openings, middlegame strategies and endgame techniques?  What does this process entail, specifically what resources and study techniques were used?

    How do you prepare for a major open tournament?

  • 4 years ago


    Quesion: How much value have you found in your life regarding chess, by getting to learn chess at an early age. I found this weekend my little daughter of 4 teaching what the pieces are, and how they move, and she loved it!. Then I though of Judit Polgar, where you were trained very young by your father. How much has this training given you the baggage of your further career? Was chess always big fun for you, or, did your father push you from time to time? (To Grandmaster level?). Köszönöm.

  • 4 years ago


    yifan carlsen end game. terrible on both sides. even i could see that live. (peak 1428) were they flirting?

  • 4 years ago


    A question:

    A lot is made in psychology about nature vs. nuture, and you are often cited as a great example that nuture/hard work/proper training is the main contributer to "genius" (rather than innate talent).  Do you think it's fair for people to say this about your life, and what do you think of the debate in general?

  • 4 years ago


    Hi, epic achievements !

    Was wondering will you release any material for adults.

    Would be intriguing to learn your insights and ideas.

    Best of luck!

  • 4 years ago


    I have a question that I have always wondered: If either Judit or one of her sisters had been born a boy, does Judit think she/they would have become the world chess champion? Smile  Would it have made any difference and why?

  • 4 years ago


    Question: What, specifically, are your goals for the future concerning chess. I'm curious both about your personal goals, and the goals you have for bringing chess to kids.  

  • 4 years ago


    Please help us introduce chess at Brazil schools! Maybe in 48237103 years we can realize that dream!!

  • 4 years ago

    IM pfren

    I don't think Judit thought of something specific at the Thessaloniki Olympiad. She played all rounds (no free days at all) and conceded just one draw (to former WC Nona Gaprindashvili), achieving a performance of 2694 at the age of 12. In short... "nothing remarkable"...One of her victims was my WIM wife.

    She just loved to play, and win, that's all.

  • 4 years ago


    Judit- Simply the best.

  • 4 years ago

    NM papapizza

    How many hours each week did she spend on chess when she was a kid or before she became a GM?

  • 4 years ago


    Why are the Polgar sisters always cited as an example that in chess talent is less important than practice?  I know that they were trained from an early age-- like the Venus and Serena of chess, nonetheless, who can say that Judit doesn't happen to also have enormous natural talent?  I have seen this mentioned in discussions where beginners ask if anyone can become a GM, and some people cite Judit as an example that hard work triumphs over talent.  This seems to me to lack critical thinking.  Why is it that people assume that Judit has less talent?  I know that hard work is obviously key, but then again, hard work on a foundation lacking natural talent will never get anyone to that level.  Anyway, just wondering why Judit is so often cited in these discussions.  I am sure that all of the GMs work extremely hard.

  • 4 years ago


    Haven't heard of her before.

  • 4 years ago


    @ piphilologist and xmusjaxonflaxonwaxon. Many thanks, now corrected.  I can only blame both oversights on our excitement at Judit joining Chess.com! Laughing

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